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Evaluating Wetland Condition Across Nebraska

Assessing vegetation and soil.

Duration

January 2016 - August 2018

Narrative

Starting in 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiated a program of National Wetland Condition Assessments (NWCA), with repeat sampling every five years. In addition to the National Assessment, Nebraska has participated in conducting an intensification of the project to increase the number of wetlands sampled in Nebraska. In 2011, wetlands in eleven Biologically Unique Landscapes were sampled. For the current study, the focus has been tightened onto five Biologically Unique Landscapes: Sandhill Fens in Cherry County and Western Subirrigated Alkaline Meadows in the northwest corner of Nebraska, Cottonwood–Diamond Willow Woodlands along the Loup Rivers, Eastern Bulrush Deep Marsh Community along the Central Platte, and Freshwater Seeps in northeastern Nebraska.

The primary goals of this project are:
1. Evaluate the vegetation of the vegetation, soil and water of Nebraska wetlands, within five Biologically Unique Landscapes.

2. Identify benchmarks for similar wetlands to be compared to in the future.

Research Products and Activities

Thesis

  • Dreier, C. 2018. Nebraska wetland condition assessment: intensification of the national wetland condition assessment throughout Nebraska. Thesis, University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 8

Phd Students: 12

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 11

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 38

Scientific Publications: 117

Presentations: 178

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • USEPA

Links

Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  5. Wildlife Management Institute